MBP® The all-natural power of milk


MBP® for answers to frequently asked questions.

Q1) What is MBP®?
A1) MBP® is a natural protein substance found in whey. Trace amounts of MBP® can be found in cow's milk.

Whey is the watery substance that we sometimes see in yogurt containers.
MBP® is a natural protein found in whey, traces of which can be found in cow's milk.

Each day, our bones undergo a constant, gradual process of regeneration.
Bones are created from living cells, and continually regenerate themselves through a process known as "bone metabolism." Bone metabolism involves the destruction of old bones, or bone resorption, and the creation of new bones, or bone formation.

The cells that handle bone resorption are known as "osteoclasts," while the cells engaged in bone formation are called "osteoblasts."

MBP® suppresses excessive activity by osteoclasts, while increasing the number of osteoblast cells to stimulate the production of collagen, a basic building material of bones. Tests conducted with beverages containing MBP® have shown that MBP® increases bone density.

Bone density-increasing effects of MBP®
Bone density-increasing effects of MBP®
Tests were conducted on 33 women from twenties to fifties. The group that consumed 40 mg of MBP® per day for six months (shown at right) showed an average 3% increase in bone density of the radius (a forearm bone near the wrist).


Q2) How much milk should I drink to get enough MBP®?
A2) Trials conducted on test groups have established that taking 40 mg of MBP® per day leads to an increase in bone density. To consume this amount, you would need to drink approximately 800 ml, equivalent to about 550 kcal of milk, every day.

Trials conducted on animal test groups show that 20-40 mg of MBP® per day is required for the formation of healthy bones.

Test group trials have verified that taking as little as 40 mg of MBP® per day leads to increased bone density. To consume an equivalent amount in the form of milk, it would be necessary to drink approximately 800 ml, or about 550 kcal of milk every day.

MBP® can now be found in many soft drinks and milk beverages*-an effective way of ensuring an adequate daily intake of MBP®.

*In Japan. Interest in other countries is growing rapidly.


Q3) I consume quite a lot of calcium, so why do I need MBP®?
A3) Bone cells that do not function properly are unable to effectively utilize the available calcium.

Calcium is but one building block in the formation of bones. The cells that actually build the bone are the osteoblasts. The proper balance between osteoblasts and osteoclasts is essential for healthy bone formation.

No matter how much calcium we ingest, our bones will not be able to utilize calcium effectively if they are unreceptive.

MBP® stimulates osteoblast cells while suppressing excessive activity by osteoclasts, thereby laying down a strong foundation for bone formation. It is an essential substance that allows us to fully utilize the calcium we derive from milk and other sources to build strong, healthy bones.


Q4) How long should I continue to drink MBP®?
A4) In trials, an increase in bone density was confirmed after six months. We advise that you continue to drink MBP® on a daily basis over a long period of time.

In trials where women consumed MBP® every day, an improvement in bone metabolism was observed after three months, and an increase in bone density was confirmed after six months.

Bone metabolism takes place at a very slow pace, so it is important that you continue to drink MBP® over a long period of time.

And because bones regenerate on a daily basis, be sure to drink MBP® each and every day.


Q5) Will the MBP® in milk break down when I use milk for cooking?
A5) Because MBP® is a type of protein, heating it at high temperatures for long periods may gradually reduce its effectiveness.

MBP® is a type of protein found in whey. Heating it at high temperatures for long periods may gradually reduce its effectiveness.

We recommend that you add milk only in the final stages of cooking, as when adding milk to creamy stews.

Adding MBP® to tea or coffee, or diluting it with water at approximately 50-60 °C (122-140F) will not reduce its effectiveness.


Q6) I'm pregnant. Is it safe for me to drink beverages containing added MBP®?
A6) Because MBP® is a natural component of breast milk, it is safe for both pregnant and breastfeeding women to drink products containing MBP®.

Because MBP®, a type of protein found in whey, is a safe substance that can also be found in breast milk, it might be safe for babies.
Therefore, it is safe for pregnant or breastfeeding women to drink beverages containing MBP®.


Q7) Is MBP® broken down in the stomach?
A7) The benefits of MBP® are not affected by digestion.

In tests using artificially digested MBP®, the digested MBP® worked on osteoblasts and osteoclasts in the same way as undigested MBP®.

These findings suggest that the crucial components of MBP® that work on bone cells are not affected by passing through the stomach.


Q8) Won't suppressing osteoclast activity stop bone regeneration?
A8) MBP® prevents excessive osteoclast activity and facilitates bone regeneration.

MBP® is a natural substance found in trace amounts in the milk of cows and human beings. MBP® does not stop osteoclasts from functioning, but rather works to suppress excessive bone destruction.
MBP® enhances natural, built-in control mechanisms that are necessary for the healthy regeneration of our bones, and can be taken with complete confidence


Q9) What substances other than calcium assist bone regeneration?
A9) Other substances that facilitate bone regeneration include vitamin D, casein phosphopeptides (CPPs), and magnesium.

Vitamin D and casein phosphopeptides (CPPs) enhance calcium absorption. In addition, various food substances play an important role in bone regeneration. Examples include magnesium and vitamin K, which stimulates bone formation, and isoflavones, which inhibit bone resorption.

MBP® both suppresses bone resorption and stimulates bone formation. MBP® is an important substance that maintains a balanced bone metabolism, assisting in bone formation during periods of growth, and preventing osteoporosis.

Key food substances involved in bone regeneration

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Key food substances involved in bone regeneration

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